Intelligent pre-law students know that the most important factor affecting the quality (and enjoyment) of any University course is the instructor teaching it. LSAT Prep courses run 3-4 times longer than most college courses, making the instructor even more critical.
For this reason, and in stark contrast to the industry norm, ScoreItUp does not use part-time or student instructors with questionable teaching credentials and motivation, or who lack a law school education. Every lesson in ScoreItUp’s live and video courses is guaranteed to be taught by its owner, Mark Sacks. You are unlikely to find an instructor anywhere with greater depth and breadth of relevant LSAT Prep teaching experience than Mark. Details of Mark’s credentials are included below.
ScoreItUp’s lessons improve LSAT accuracy and speed significantly, and maximize students’ potential on the exam. Students learn all of the basics taught in the best of the national test prep courses, but ScoreItUp courses go far beyond that. In a very real sense, Mark’s live and video lessons combine (1) the efficiency, effectiveness and fun of a very well-run LSAT Prep course, and (2) the personal attention that one normally only gets from an excellent personal tutor.
ScoreItUp’s success is a direct result of Mark’s teaching enthusiasm and energy, his passion for the LSAT, and his ability to provide clear and precise instruction in a lighthearted and entertaining manner that encourages students to succeed. See Student Comments for more details.
Mark’s students frequently have seen extraordinary increases in their LSAT scores and gained acceptance into the nation’s top law schools (including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, NYU, UC Berkeley (Boalt), Penn, Virginia, Michigan, UCLA, USC, etc.). In addition, Mark earned a record achievement in 2012 by personally coaching multiple students to perfect 180 LSAT scores.
You are welcome to view free LSAT Prep samples of Mark’s teaching or learn more about the spectacular +15 point average practice LSAT score increase of Mark’s students. Click the relevant sections below for more details!
- Harvard Law School graduate (also accepted into Stanford, UC Berkeley (Boalt), UCLA, and UC Hastings law schools).
- UC Irvine Lecturer (taught over 35 full-length law courses).
- Extensive LSAT Prep teaching experience (including prior experience teaching for a national test prep company).
- Consistently excellent student evaluations.
- Advisory committee member to Harvard University’s admission committee.
- Teaches national seminars to junior lawyers throughout the nation.
- Scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT.
As a high school Valedictorian and summa cum laude college graduate, Mark has been tutoring students throughout his life. Teaching has been a lifelong passion of his and continues to be to this day.
Mark began teaching LSAT Prep for a large test prep company before law school. Over his career, Mark also has taught over 35 law courses to undergraduate and graduate students, primarily at UC Irvine. If you enjoy extremely thorough LSAT Prep instruction that also includes amusing stories of innovative and comical criminal defenses, fascinating “did-he-do-it” legal mysteries, and wild summer associate antics, you will thoroughly enjoy Mark’s courses!
Students can review extensive and candid evaluations of the quality of Mark’s teaching, since he is the only LSAT Prep instructor in the nation (to ScoreItUp’s knowledge) who provides students with a complete, unedited, and independently verifiable set of written student evaluations. See Student Comments for more details.
The LSAT is specifically designed to test the legal reasoning skills used by law students and lawyers (e.g., strengthening arguments, parallel reasoning, analogies, etc.). Mark has worked with the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts throughout his professional career as a LSAT Prep instructor, University professor, and practicing attorney.
The depth of Mark’s knowledge of the LSAT enables him to do much more than just recognize correct answers to LSAT questions. His understanding of the LSAT and vast teaching experience allow him to (1) explain core LSAT concepts with greater clarity, (2) simplify the challenges presented by the LSAT, and (3) assist students’ ability to answer LSAT questions correctly. Having taught LSAT Prep courses both before and after law school, Mark knows firsthand how valuable extensive teaching experience, a law school education, and a legal background are to effective LSAT Prep instruction!
Mark also has extensive training and experience with the persuasive writing skills tested on the LSAT’s Writing Sample, and teaches a Writing Skills course to undergraduates at Chapman University. The LSAT’s Writing Sample is a “soft factor” that can influence whether or not one is accepted into law schools in borderline cases.
ScoreItUp revises and updates its LSAT Prep lessons each year, highlighting the best LSAT Prep material in existence. Because of ScoreItUp’s unique “instructor guarantee,” students know that their instructor is a LSAT Prep expert with proven results who has the ability to:
- provide comprehensive instruction in everything from the basics taught by corporate test prep companies to the most challenging LSAT concepts,
- clearly articulate all of the fundamental LSAT Prep techniques necessary for maximizing one’s potential on the exam,
- focus on significantly improving accuracy and speed by extensive use of real LSAT questions in classroom drills, timed sections, and carefully structured study plans,
- demonstrate how to analyze efficiently an extraordinary number of real LSAT questions during course lessons,
- synthesize the best LSAT Prep material on the market, and present them in an engaging and efficient manner during classroom lessons, and
- answer student questions on even the most difficult LSAT questions.
In addition, ScoreItUp’s extensive online resources have been specifically designed to reinforce Mark’s lessons. The online information includes summaries of classroom lessons, detailed analysis of over 1000 real LSAT questions, and step-by-step explanations demonstrating how to attack each section of the exam. Students who miss lessons, or who want to reinforce the lessons, find these resources beneficial.
On a different note, Mark believes the process of achieving a great LSAT score also matters. A fun-filled classroom environment (or a highly entertaining online video course) does not detract from the learning process, it enhances it. If you like the idea of mastering the LSAT while also hearing about how LSAT concepts play out in the sometimes fascinating and entertaining practice of law, you will be in for a treat!
Mark also provides a personalized approach to LSAT Prep that significantly amplifies the course’s rigorous lessons. Students also receive both formal and informal advice on law school admission issues, drawing upon Mark’s experience and knowledge of the law school admission process (video course students may wish to supplement their course by getting admission coaching from Mark).
Students in Mark’s live courses appreciate the ability to ask Mark questions outside of class about the LSAT, law school, and the legal profession (others simply enjoy ScoreItUp’s great pizza parties and having some fun!). Students in Mark’s video courses appreciate the tremendous organization, simplicity and efficiency of ScoreItUp’s 24/7 online video course.
Mark’s ability to gain acceptance into the nation’s top law schools from UCSB was a result of having scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT, earning strong grades, and effectively presenting his intangible achievements (sometimes referred to as “soft factors”). Although Mark did not overcome unusual challenges or have special diversity characteristics, he was able to present his “soft factors” in a candid manner that appealed to law school admission committees.
However, Mark knows that LSAT Prep is about teaching students how to maximize their LSAT score, and ultimately how to get into the law schools of their choice. In close-call situations, knowing how to present one’s “soft factors” favorably can make the difference between law school acceptance and rejection.
Mark’s extensive discussions with law school admission members from a variety of law schools, his work on the advisory committee to Harvard University’s admission committee, and his own law school experiences provide him with tremendous insights into the law school application process. In addition to helping students master the LSAT, Mark routinely assists them in presenting their unique life history in a powerful way that resonates with law school admission committees.
If you are seeking a LSAT Prep course that demands top-quality instruction, 100% focus upon the most relevant and important course instruction material, and a lively and entertaining presentation, ScoreItUp is the course for you!